‘Moving Words’ event engages with authors

A panel of Minnesota Book Award-winning authors will appear live on Sept. 29 at the Armory Arts and Events Center in Park Rapids.

Minnesota Book Award-winning authors Andrew DeYoung, Sun Yung Shin and Shannon Gibney will appear as an in-person panel Sept. 29, 2022 at the Armory Arts and Events Center in Park Rapids.
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The Park Rapids Area Library will host “Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Armory Arts and Events Center.

An in-person panel of authors will share their insights into their work and the writing process, including Minnesota Book Award winners Andrew DeYoung, Shannon Gibney and Sun Yung Shin.

“Moving Words” is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together, including the impact of literature on their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans and the lens through which we read.

DeYoung likes to juxtapose seemingly disparate places and ideas. “I like something that’s a little bit of high and low, that mashes things together,” he said, “whether that’s a novel that draws from multiple genres or a piece of culture writing that explores the intersection between art and life.”

His newest YA novel, “The Temps,” follows the success of his 2018 winner, “The Exo Project.”


Gibney describes her writing as “stories that may have previously gone untold. Sometimes these perspectives have remained hidden because the speakers have not had an outlet for their stories; other times, the stories carry darkness and fear that we prefer to look away from.”

Gibney previously visited the area to discuss her Park Rapids Reads selections, “A Good Time for the Truth” and her 2016 young adult winner, “See No Color.”

Sun Yung Shin is a poet, writer and cultural worker whose works include the poetry collection “Unbearable Splendor,” the 2016 winner in poetry. She was the editor of “A Good Time for the Truth,” the summer 2020 selection for the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s statewide One Book/One Minnesota. She also co-directs the community organization Poetry Asylum with poet Su Hwang.

“Moving Words” is a program of the Friends of the St. Paul Library, the Library of Congress-designated Minnesota Center for the Book, with support from the BNSF Railway Foundation, the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts, Northern Lights Library Network and Education Minnesota. This program is funded by a state grant to the Minnesota Department of Education and a grant from the Minnesota Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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